Child Protection Policy
Churches are a harbouring ground to child abusers and paedophiles, thus they simply cannot afford to operate without a CPP. On this page, I will help you understand the CPP and show you how to introduce this policy to your organisation – to maximum effect.
Cliff’s Child Protection Policy’s seven points
1 – Don’t be fooled: all systems should be open, involve the children themselves and external third parties (the public).
2 – The highest level of inspection should always be conducted by an unaffiliated external source or sources. At best these would be randomly selected members of the public, adhering to a competently designed inspection and reporting method, reporting both to the public and the organization.
3 – At no time should children or the vulnerable be alone with adults: and when this cannot be prevented their time together should be recorded on video and stored, unedited and in such a manner that in – and external observers can access the footage for inspection.
4 – Only external observers can take the decision to delete recordings or destroy writings related to possible child abuse.
5 – Children should be taught about the child protection policy of the organization, read the full policy and be facilitated to contribute to the policy.
6 – All children should be interviewed about thrice annually, by external observers, following a competently designed interviewing and reporting method.
7 – Organizations should not have ‘ONE’ confidential person who children can turn to but ‘TWO’ individuals who do not know each other and who are not prohibited to become friends or close acquaintances. Reports must be recorded and an unedited copy of recordings made by one ‘trusted person’ must instantly be sent or made available to the second trusted person within the organization.
I have been helping organisations produce CPP since 2002. Any church operating without this is inviting child abusers.